New Delhi | Jagran Lifestyle Desk: The festival of Raksha Bandhan is a special bond between brothers and sisters. On this day, girls and women tie a special thread around the wrist of their brothers in a ritual that reaffirms the bond. In return, she receives a gift from her brother who also ensures to protect her from all problems in life.

Rakhi is bought in advance and special thali is prepared with sweets and 'diyas' for the ritual. The festival is so significant that the Indian postal department issues a special envelope at low cost and Indian railway run special trains to celebrate the occasion.

The auspicious festival is observed on the last day of the Hindu lunar calendar month of Shravan. This year it will be celebrated on August 15, last day of the month of 'Savan'.

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In Mahabharata, Draupadi tore a piece of her sari and tied it on Lord Krishna, whose finger was bleeding as he injured himself while using the Sudarshan chakra against the king Shishupal. In return, Krishna had vowed that he would always protect her.

In medieval era, widowed Rani Karnawati sent a rakhi to Emperor Humayun. In those times, the Rajputs were fighting Muslim invasions. Touched by the gesture, Humayun started off with his troops to fight the invasion of Sultan of Gujarat, Bahadur Shah.


In 1905, Rabindranath Tagore started a mass Raksha Bandhan festival in Bengal and encouraged Hindu and Muslim women to tie a rakhi on men from other community to make them their brothers. It was designed to counter British efforts to divide between Hindu and Muslims.

Posted By: James Kuanal